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Performing Perceptions

Join us for an evening of dance, sound, and avant-garde performance inspired by the artwork on view in the special exhibition The History of Perception.

Organized by University of Chicago students in a related class, this event provides an interdisciplinary platform to examine and discuss qualities of perception.

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Performances and activities

  • Model of the exhibition—visitors are encouraged to actively modify/reassemble the exhibition or make their own History of Perception 
  • Interpretive dance based on Danny Lyon’s Shakedown
  • Stand-up comedy based on Carrie Mae Weems’s Black Woman with Chicken and Danny Lyon’s series Conversations with the Dead
  • Pole dance inspired by Magdalena Abakanowicz’s Structure Black and Robert Irwin’s Untitled that questions perception of beauty
  • Interactive activity about Chinese auto-beautification selfie camera apps
  • Avant-garde performance related to questions of sanitation of science and the gallery space
  • Olfactory sense experience inspired by four objects on view in the galleries
  • Presentation on the aesthetic protractor

Image: Josef Albers, Structural Composition (detail), 1957, Incised laminate plastic panel. Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Gift of John A. and Andrea L. Weil, 2009.1.